New bike shop on SE 50th and Division

The Bike Exchange

A new bike shop called The Bike Exchange has opened its doors on SE 50th and Division.

Owner Tom Daly dropped a line the other day with the news. He says they opened just a few weeks ago and they’re already busy doing tune-ups and “all sorts of repairs and trade-ins”.

I’ll head over there soon for photos and a report.

Good luck Tom!

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Refunk
Refunk
14 years ago

Now, this is Portland. Bike stock displayed outside in the rain!

Welcome, Bike Exchange!

Joe
Joe
14 years ago

sweet news! setup looks nice.

Paul Tay
14 years ago

Good grief. You guys got as many bike shops as Tulsa has churches!

-b
-b
14 years ago

and its right next to los gorditos!

yum!

K'Tesh
K'Tesh
14 years ago

Good Luck!

Laura
Laura
14 years ago

Jonathan, don’t forget to check out their neighboring “bike fuel station” aka Los Gorditos Taco Wagon, right next door.

Moo
Moo
14 years ago

The “exchange” part sounds interesting…Any idea of their business plans and strategy?

velo
velo
14 years ago

Welcome to the bike world! Good luck getting up and going. The bike industry is not an easy one in the best of times and the competition is fierce in this town. I’ll have to go and check these guys out.

Tom Daly
Tom Daly
14 years ago

Hey Folks,
I just wanted to post a quick reply and say thanks for the positive response!

I would like to note that I am only the manager of the shop, the owner is my good friend Ali.

That doesn’t change much because I’m doing the wrenching and whatnot.

A QUICK NOTE ON THE N NAME:
We are a used bike shop, specializing in sales and service. The “Exchange” part of the name comes into play if you have an old bike, or some parts or whatever you would like to trade towards your dream bike. We are taking most anything right now, so bring it on down.

wsbob
14 years ago

I wonder if the shop’s policy is exclusively ‘trade’, in terms of used bikes brought in, rather than ‘purchase’. Proof of ownership of used bikes can be difficult.

ME 2
ME 2
14 years ago

Nice location and at the same site that used to be a autmobile repair shop.

Tom Daly
Tom Daly
14 years ago

Wsbob,

We are running all of our bikes taken in, trade or buy, through the Portland police department. This process includes taking bike serial numbers, Driver’s License and Contact information, then issuing payment in 15 days and only after the bike has cleared a police check.

Due to the high volume of bike theft in Portland, I think that this step is the MOST important part of running a used bike shop here. I want to thank you for raising this question and giving me the opportunity to explain the process. If you’d like to know more, just let me know or stop by and I’d be happy to talk at greater length.

Thanks!
Tom

steve
steve
14 years ago

What are you doing when they leave the stolen frame at home, and just bring in a box of parts?

mabsf
mabsf
14 years ago

Congrats, Tom & Ali…
all the best to you 2!

Schrauf
Schrauf
14 years ago

Great anti-theft policy Tom!

Steve – the box of expensive parts may be more troublesome, but if the same perp shows up repeatedly with parts to sell, I bet the shop will catch on.

Moo
Moo
14 years ago

Sounds like a customer oriented business all around – whether buying, selling or trading. Only so much you can do to curtail thieves from taking advantage of such a place, but sounds like their policy is going as far as possible. I’ll give it a try, until y’all go 7-Corners on us and become uncaring jerks who don’t give you the time of day anymore – unless you’re opening up your wallet really wide!

miguelaron
14 years ago

well done, tom. i’m proud of you.

now, when are you going to build my wheels?

bikieboy
bikieboy
14 years ago

hey, right down the street! Welcome!

wsbob
14 years ago

Tom, thanks for that info. I think what you’re proposing is reasonable, though more would probably be required to foil thieves.

Obviously, not just on the store’s part though. If there really does continue to be an expansion in bike use and ownership, people are going to have to do a much better job than they are today, of recording serial numbers and reporting theft to the police when it occurs.

Grey
Grey
14 years ago

A lovely addition to the area indeed; I can hardly wait to check it out! As for the bike theft concerns I think that the policy you have in place is sound and, ultimately, all that can be resonably expected of you. Bike theft sucks. However I feel that overcompensation for this problem could make honest barter impossible.

Fredlf
Fredlf
14 years ago

While I never worked in a shop that dealt with used bikes or parts in any volume, I did run into a lot of thieves. After a while in retail you develop a kind of radar (perp-dar?) for people who are in your shop. There’s often a sense of mis-match with thieves, they are looking at bikes they know nothing about or asking sort of random questions. These are signs you are being cased and/or distracted. Similarly, I think if some guy consistently came in with a box of Dura-Ace and asked me “how much”, if he didn’t have shaved legs and road rash scars, I’d be showing him the door.
I’m not saying this is fool-proof by an stretch. I’m just saying it’s not as easy as you might think to fence stolen merchandise if the buyer doesn’t want to be a fence.

Derrek Wayne
13 years ago

hey whats the 503 on this place? I can’t find it anywhere… do they even have a phone?

jz
jz
13 years ago

Love to stop by sometime, but how ’bout some store hours and a phone number? Can’t seem to locate you in the yellow pages etc.

Tom Daly
Tom Daly
13 years ago

We have a website now! Hours, phone numbers, and bikes listed on the interweb!!

http://www.thebikeexchangepdx.com

woo-hoo!!